HANOI, VIETNAM - MARCH 26: Street vendors at the Old Quarter, a popular area normally packed with tourists, wait for customers on March 26, 2020 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Hanoi has ordered the shutting of non-essential businesses, except for shops selling food, medicine and fuel, until April 5 to prevent the spread of Covid-19.  Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has ordered the suspension of all international flights to Vietnam amidst restricted entry into the country by air, road and sea on March 21. Vietnam has confirmed 153 cases of Covid-19 with no deaths in the country and 17 fully recovered. (Photo by Linh Pham/Getty Images)

COVID-19 has significantly affected many economies throughout the world, but there are some brighter signs in Vietnam. Declared as a epidemic in early February in Vietnam, effective health policies and early action have mitigated the impact of COVID-19 in Vietnam and the country has maintained low numbers of cumulative cases and deaths compared to other…

  INTRODUCTION Concerned with expanding education and building skills for future employment, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), UNICEF and the Mekong Development Research Institute (MDRI) released today a report entitled “Assessment on Employability Skills Gaps and Good Practices by Businesses to Upskill Marginalized and Vulnerable Young People.” The research explores current and…

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          HA NOI, VIETNAM, 9 October 2020 – Concerned with expanding education and building skills for future employment, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), UNICEF and the Mekong Development Research Institute (MDRI) released today a report entitled “Assessment on Employability Skills Gaps and Good Practices by Businesses to Upskill Marginalized…

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Client: Department for International Development (DFID) & Abt Associates Inc. Duration: July 2020 – January 2021 Overview: MDRI is collaborating with DFID & Abt Associates to conduct a survey of 2000 Thai Binh rice farmers and evaluate AgResults’ prize competition initiative in Vietnam. AgResults is a multinational initiative that promotes agricultural innovations from the private…

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Client: The World Bank Time: 6/2020 – 10/2020 Overview: Since its initial outbreak in December 2019, COVID-19 has quickly spread across the world to become a pandemic and caused a global health crisis. Measures to contain the spread of a pandemic, such as social displacement, restrictions on movement, closure of schools and businesses, etc. have…

Client: International Finance Corporation (IFC-WB) Duration: 05/2020-08/2020 Overview: MDRI is collaborating with International Finance Corporation (IFC) to conduct quantitative data collection for a quasi-experimental baseline survey to better understand the conditions of farmers participating in IFC’s Vietnam Sustainable Pepper project in terms of Household income, income sources and income from pepper; Access to training and…

Client: Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Duration: 04/2020-08/2020 Overview: MDRI is working with the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Market Assessment and Analysis to identify needed employability skills and firms’ good practices so as to improve the…

Mekong Development Research Institute (MDRI) is an independent scientific research agency. At MDRI, we believe that research plays an indispensable role in social change and development. Our key services focus on Poverty Reduction, Ethnic Minority, Agriculture and Rural Development, Labor and Immigration, Water and Sanitation, Education, Environment and Climate Change, Sector & Market Research and Trade, and…

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Client: The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) & the World Bank (WB) Time: 09 – 12/2019 Overview: The Government of Vietnam, MPI and the WB have launched the Central Highlands Poverty Reduction Project (CHPRP) in 6 provinces (4 Central Highland provinces – Dak Nong, Dak Lak, Kon Tum, Gia Lai and 2 Central Southern provinces –…

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Client: The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Time: 06 – 10/2019 Overview: Since 2011, with funding support from the Government of Australia, the Government of South Korea and Asian Development Bank, the Government of Vietnam has implemented the Central Mekong Delta Connectivity Project (CMDP) to enhance transport mobility in the Mekong Delta Region and provide…

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